SC introduces the system of fast and secure transmission of electronic records
In a big boost to basic rights to life, dignity and personal liberty, the Supreme Court introduced a new system by which its crucial decisions, including bail and suspension orders arrest, can be communicated electronically to prison authorities and investigative agencies through a secure channel.
Following an order issued on July 16 by a special bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, the Supreme Court introduced the “Fast and Secure Transmission of Electronic Records” (FASTER) system.
The system aims to ensure that sub-trials do not have to wait whole days behind bars to be released because certified hard copies of their bail orders arrived late at the jail.
The system would also prevent unnecessary arrests and detention of people even after the court has already granted them protection. He can even communicate in time the suspension of an execution ordered by the trial court.
Amicus curiae in the case, Senior Counsel Dushyant Dave, thanked the Chief Justice for this ruling, saying it will be remembered for years to come.
“Thanks to the institution of the Supreme Court, individuals do not matter,” replied Chief Justice Ramana.
A report submitted by the Secretary General of the Supreme Court Sanjeev S. Kalgaonkar to the judiciary explained that the rules and the manual of practice and procedure allow the registry to transmit a certified copy of the judgment or order in physical form or electronic.
Electronically authenticated copies
“It is proposed that the electronically authenticated copies of the proceedings / orders file, digitally signed by the authorized officer can be transmitted via RAPIDE [Fast and Secured Transmission of Electronic Records] system to duty bearers of the judicial system, ”the report said.
The process of developing the FASTER system began with CJI’s court submissions on July 16: “In this modern age of technology, why are we always looking to the sky for pigeons to deliver our orders? “
The court hearing was based on a suo motu case, “In Re: Delay in Releasing Convicts After Bail”.
The suo motu case was taken after The Hindu reported the fate of 13 prisoners in Agra prison, who received prison terms of up to two decades despite the Juvenile Justice Council declaring them “minors” at the time of the commission of their crimes.
The Supreme Court granted them bail on July 8, but they were released by prison authorities after four days.